The traditional Christmas meal varies from family to family. Some gather around the table for variations of spaghetti, while others eat ham, but what is there for those families who want to stray away from the conventional meal? Surprise your family with an unexpected meal and put your own spin on traditional Christmas recipes by whipping up a guilt-free pizza your kids are guaranteed to enjoy. It’s flavorful, healthy, and after you get your hands on it – made with 100% TLC.
Typically, pizza is a big no-no on the “what to eat” list for people with a gluten intolerance because of its flour dough and other gluten-filled ingredients. But when you make your own (and stock up on gluten-free pizza dough), alas Christmas – or any other time you get a craving – becomes the day you can enjoy this merry indulgence.
A nutritionally-balanced pizza you can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner sounds too good to be true, right? A Glasgow University scientist, Mike Lean, claims otherwise. He says the pizza contains exactly 1/3 of the recommended amount of calories, protein and carbohydrates, plus vitamins and minerals an adult should consume daily.
Seaweed is used in the pizza’s crust to lower the dish’s sodium level. Also added are “magnesium, potassium, folates, vitamin A and extra red pepper in the tomato sauce for a boost of vitamin C,” according to a recent article.
In theory, because it contains 30 percent of your balanced nutritional value for the day, you could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner with no negative health effects. The key: in theory.
I frequently see commercials for this pizza chain but often wonder if there’s really is anything I can order that won’t bust my waistline. We’ll give you the cheesy facts so you’ll be prepared on your next visit.
It can get kind of tricky when reading the nutrition information for Papa John’s. The calories listed for most items will give you the per-serving information. This means that their “Pizza for One,” which serves 4 has the calories listed for a quarter of the pie. The same goes for their sides like chicken wings and breadsticks. The calories listed are for a serving size of 2 wings—though 10 are served in each order. So be sure to take a few minutes to decipher their nutrition breakdown when you sift through their website.
Now that we’re submerged in hectic fall schedules, we need fast weeknight meals. And by fast I mean healthy and fast, not frozen “fat and salt”. I love store-bought pizza crusts (sold next to the refrigerated biscuits) because you can quickly whip up a gourmet pizza any night of the week. I went a tad fancy with these pizzas because I wanted you to see how versatile the crusts are. You can pile on colorful veggies and protein (like chicken, seafood, beans and cheese) and make a complete meal. Pizza is a great family-friendly meal, and the leftovers make a terrific leftovers for your brown bag lunch. Another bonus? These can all be made ahead – assemble the pizza up to 24 hours in advance and bake just before serving.
Tuscan Pizza With White Beans, Kale and Yellow Squash
11-ounce can refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch kale, chopped (about 6 cups)
1 tablespoon water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/8-inch thick rounds
15-ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
Unroll crust onto prepared pan. Bake 5 minutes. Remove crust from oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add kale and water cook 3-5 minutes, until kale wilts. Arrange kale on crust, to within 1 inch of the edges. Season kale with salt and pepper. Top kale with white beans and then thyme. Sprinkle mozzarella over kale, beans and thyme. Arrange squash over mozzarella and top with parmesan cheese. Bake 8-10 more minutes, until crust is golden brown and cheese melts.
Having a snack attack? Forgo the last minute trip to the vending machine and be prepared when hunger strikes with these snacks with fewer than 200 calories each.
#1: Basic Edamame
Munch on baby soy beans packed with protein and hunger-fighting fiber.
#2: Apple and Peanut Butter
Top a sliced apple with natural peanut butter for a smooth and crunchy combination. This snack is packed with heart-healthy unsaturated fat and the antioxidant vitamins E and C. Check out how your favorite brand did in our taste test.
#3: Rainbow Fruit Skewers With Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
This snack consists of 2 fruit skewers plus 3 chocolate-dipped strawberries. What better way to get a healthy dose of antioxidants plus your chocolate fix!
Snacks are an important part of a well-balanced diet and should contain healthy nutrients like calcium, protein, whole grains, vitamins or minerals. Aim for one to two snacks per day that are around 150 calories each. Skip those expensive, nutrient-light snack packs and try these 10 filling 150 calorie snacks instead.
Friday night is pizza night in our house! Instead of ordering greasy takeout, I whip up my own healthier (and tastier) version with five simple ingredients.
You may love to take your family to the movies, but you’ll want to shield their eyes from the concession stand. Buttery popcorn, pizza, nachos, french fries, hot dogs, slushies, ice cream and gobs of candy sound appealing, but chow down on a couple of these and you might gobble up two days worth of calories in two hours.
So what’s a movie-goer to do?
Most of the time I’m only cooking for one, so I prefer not to make anything too complicated. Weekday or weekend, this dish is perfect for a speedy meal. I buy whole-wheat pizza dough at the grocery store, freeze it in individual portions and defrost as needed. With jarred marinara sauce, all I have to do is add the toppings and pop it in the oven! Sometimes I scale the ingredients down for a single serving, but if not, the leftovers get packed up for lunch the next day.